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February 13, 2014

Lady Vikings outscore offensive powerhouse Wright State


By Aaron Cutteridge

Wright State’s number-one-ranked offense in the Horizon League faced off with the Cleveland State University women’s basketball team’s number-two-ranked offense Saturday, Feb., 8 at the Wolstein Center.

Sporting pink uniforms for the annual Think Pink campaign to support the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, the Vikings’ superior shooting led them to victory. The lady Vikings were 48.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc, while Raiders only shot 20 percent.

Action began fast in the first half with the Vikings striking first from a steal. The Raiders settled down and were leading in the first few minutes of the game. The home team wrestled back the lead, and took a 48-43 lead into halftime.

Imani Gordon logged 37 minutes, leading the Vikings and was one of three players with 20-point games, Cori Coleman (22) and Adesuwa Aideyman (23) being the other two. Coleman now has three 20-point games in-a-row.

Not to be outdone, Raiders’ Ivory James played 37 minutes and scored 32 points, at one point in the second half, scoring half of the points the Raiders had scored in the game.

The Raiders regained the lead with 13:30 remaining in the lead as the Vikings began to look fatigued as passing and ball-handling became sloppy and the Vikings committed a number of turnovers.
Behind Coleman registering 17 of her points in the second half as well as Aideyman putting up 16 of her 23 points, the Vikings wrenched back the lead with seven minutes left in the game. They would not relinquish the lead again.

Defensive pressure from the Raiders tried to shake the Vikings, but the women controlled the ball well and minimized turnovers as minutes ticked-down in the game as they held on for a 100–93 victory.

Valparaiso visits Cleveland State on Thursday, Feb. 13 and Detroit will be here on Saturday, Feb. 15.